The Butterscotch signed five rookies in January. At the same time, the Ukrainian Vitaliy Mykolenko became the most expensive of them. The young defender moved to Liverpool from Dynamo Kiev for 23.5 million euros. Defender Nathan Patterson moved to Everton from Rangers for 14 million. Midfielder Dele Alli has moved to Goodison Park from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer. But, according to media reports, the Toffees will have to pay the Spurs a certain amount after the player plays 20 matches in their team. In addition, Everton loaned midfielder Donny van de Beek from Manchester United and winger Anwar El Ghazi from Aston Villa free of charge. Like Gerrard, Frank Lampard has assembled a very interesting team whose primary task is to improve their position in the Premier League standings.
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Who would have thought that Barcelona would be in the top three most active clubs in January, given the financial problems. But the Blue Garnet continue to sign newcomers, one of whom is winger Ferran Torres. For him, “Barcelona” must pay “Manchester City” 55 million euros. But the Catalans did not limit themselves to the pupil of Valencia. The Blue Garnets signed forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal on a free transfer and loaned Adam Traore from Wolves. Before that, defender Dani Alves returned to Barcelona. Catalan club president Joan Laporta has promised more transfers this summer. But a lot will depend on how the current season ends for the Blue Garnet.
The Bianconeri have become one of the main characters of the winter transfer window. Juventus signed striker Dusan Vlahovic from Fiorentina for 81.6 million euros. Not every club can afford to spend such an amount in modern conditions, and even in the middle of the season. But the “old lady” was not limited to the Serb. Turintsy also signed midfielder Denis Zakaria from Borussia Monchengladbach for 8.6 million euros and defender Federico Gatti from Frosinone for 7.5 million. The latter will remain in Serie B until the end of the season. Vlahovic and Zakaria scored goals already in the first match for Juventus. For now, the Bianconeri can be happy with the newcomers.
Expectedly, the most wasteful club in January was Newcastle. The “magpies” did not particularly consider money, therefore, probably, they overpaid in some cases. For example, Newcastle paid Burnley €30m for Chris Wood, a 30-year-old striker who only scored three goals in half a season. Defenders Kieran Trippier and Dan Byrne cost the Magpies $15 million each. The first moved to St. James Park from Atlético, the second from Brighton. Midfielder Bruno Guimarães was the most expensive transfer for the Forties, for which they paid Lyon 42 million euros. Free Newcastle got only defender Matt Targett, who moved to the outsider of the Premier League on loan. Surely, in the future, the Magpies will make more high-profile transfers, but for this they need to remain in the elite of English football.